ENGGANO ISLAND

ENGGANOISLAND

 Enggano lies about 177 km (110 mi) south of Bengkulu city. It is about 35 km (22 mi) long east west and 16 km (10 mi) wide north south. Its average elevation is about 100 m (330 ft). Hills, rising to about 281 m (922 ft) cover most of the area. The island covers an area of 40,260 hectares, which is dominated by dense rainforest with its wild buffaloes. Mainly we can see the culture, or the life manners of traditional society and native’s Enggano dances. A pioneer boat at Baai Island Harbour or hiring a small boat at Bintuhan seaport can reach the island. Visitors can see the culture, or the life manners of traditional society and native’s Enggano dances. A pioneer bat at pulau Baai harbor or hiring a small boat at Bintuhan seaport can reach the island.

There are 5 clans Isukul spread over the entire island: The Kaharuba, Kaarubi, Kaitora, Kaahoao and the Kauno. A matrilineal society, descent is traced through the female line and daughters usually inherit farmlands. Half call them Christian, the other half call them Mosleem. But actually this society is one of the last truly animist strongholds in Indonesia. Engganese culture is sure now to disappear as a result of assimilation into an indiscriminate Indonesian culture.

The name of the island suggests some early contact with Portuguese traders (engano means mistake), but the earliest published account is that of Cornelis de Houtman, dating from June 5, 1596, but he was unable to land a boat.

Enggano island is one of the small island on the West Coast of Sumatra, it lies 45 km in length and width of 17 km. The condition of Enggano island ecosystem is fairly good, compared to other small islands in Sumatra’s west coast. The only public transport that being used to reach Enggano is boat, which operated only 2 times a week. While, the transportation between villages in Enggano is also using boat of ship, due to land transport facilities have not been supportive.

 

Sumber : http://www.indonesia-tourism.com/bengkulu/enggano_island.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enggano_Island

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